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Issue of April 16, 2017
     

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SC voids expanded land titles from 1.1 to 66 hectares in city

The Supreme Court denied with finality the motion to uphold the 2009 decision of the Court of Appeals to grant the application of one Gloria de Guzman for validation of questionable land titles in Apugan-Sto. Tomas and Outlook Drive originally covering 1.181 hectares but was expanded to at least 66 hectares.


FLORAL WONDERLAND -- High-end flower varieties such as cabbage roses, snapdragon and carnations, among others grown at the Northern Blossom farm in Sayangan, Atok, Benguet are being harvested for delivery to clients in Manila. The owners are planning to transform the area into an agri-tourism site as suggested by concerned government agencies. -- Harley Palangchao
Murder case filed vs two suspects in cop killing

Presidential Communications Operations Office Asst. Secretary Marie Banaag-Rafael has pledged support to the snowballing call for a subsidized free dialysis for kidney patients nationwide.
Two of three suspects in the killing of C/Insp. Benjamin Challoy, who is assigned to the police Highway Patrol Group in Bontoc, Mountain Province, were charged for murder last week.
 
Solon open to amending BLISTTDA bill proviso
The proposal creating a development authority for Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay will be amended and will contain the inputs of officials of said local government units.
 
Court has no mercy versus drug peddler
The Special Anti-Drugs Court sentenced to life imprisonment an alleged big-time dealer of marijuana, who was accosted in 2013 in a foiled entrapment operation.
 
 
City
CHRIST THE CRUCIFIED -- Catholic faithful reenact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Senakulo performance in Baguio in observance of the Holy Week, which brought thousands of people to this mountain resort for a reflective week.
-- Larry Fabian
Region
NOSTALGIC THROWBACK -- The “fagfagto,” an annual tradition observed by villagers of Poblacion, Bontoc and Samoki in the olden times, which involves throwing of stones by opposing team of young males positioned on both sides of the Chico River every rice harvesting has been revived during the 13th Lang-ay Festival in Mountain Province last week. The event was last seen 40 years ago.
-- Harley Palangchao
Environment
HERCULEAN TASK -- Efforts to clean up the Balili River from its headwaters in Baguio down to La Trinidad remain an insurmountable task, especially when residents whose houses near the river banks do not cooperate through proper waste management.
-- Ofelia Empian
Health
CANCER CENTER --  The Baguio Cancer Institute was formally launched last week by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial (4th from l), USec. Herminigildo Valle (3rd from l), Regional Director Lakshmi Legaspi (2nd from l), Center Director Jasmin Igama (l), and BGHMC Chief Ricardo Runez Jr. (r),  with Rep. Mark Go. The center, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, will cater to the needs of patients in Baguio and its environs.
-- Ofelia Empian
Life
THE BEST OF LANG-AY FESTIVAL -- The annual Lang-ay Festival has maintained its reputation as a dynamic and vibrant cultural festival with people from all walks of life from its 10 towns joining the grand street dance showdown at Bontoc’s central business district last week. Bontoc won the street dancing category while Sabangan took home the best in cultural performance award.
-- Harley Palangchao
Business
SUSPENSION ON HOLD -- Malacañang has put on hold the suspension order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the operations of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company pending review of the appeal filed the company. LCMCo. officials have said the suspension order has no legal basis and violated the company’s right to due process.
-- Harley Palangchao
Sports
ALL SET -- Five Team Lakay fighters led by ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang are all primed for the ONE:Kings of Destiny at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on April 21. Other Cordilleran fighters in the undercard are Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Danny Kingad, and Gina Iniong.
-- Harley Palangchao
 
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